Proverbs 3:25
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New International Version
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

New Living Translation
You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,

English Standard Version
Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,

New American Standard Bible
Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;

King James Bible
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,

International Standard Version
Do not be afraid of sudden disaster, or the devastation that comes to the wicked.

NET Bible
You will not be afraid of sudden disaster, or when destruction overtakes the wicked;

New Heart English Bible
Do not be afraid of sudden fear, or of the storm of the wicked when it comes:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you will not be afraid of trouble that comes suddenly, or from the rush of sinners when it comes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the destruction of wicked people when it comes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not afraid of sudden terror, Neither of the destruction of the wicked, when it cometh;

New American Standard 1977
Do not be afraid of sudden fear,
            Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shall not be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked when it comes.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the ruin from the wicked, when it comes.

American King James Version
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.

American Standard Version
Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not afraid of sudden fear, nor of the power of the wicked falling upon thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the destruction of the wicked, when it cometh;

English Revised Version
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh:

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

World English Bible
Don't be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes:

Young's Literal Translation
Be not afraid of sudden fear, And of the desolation of the wicked when it cometh.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; 26For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.…
Cross References
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear their intimidation; do not be shaken."

Job 5:21
"You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.

Psalm 91:5
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;
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Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.

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Job 5:21,22 You shall be hid from the whip of the tongue: neither shall you be …

Job 11:13-15 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him…

Psalm 27:1,2 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…

Psalm 91:5 You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow …

Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting …

Isaiah 8:12,13 Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall …

Isaiah 41:10-14 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Daniel 3:17,18 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the …

Matthew 8:24-26 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so that the …

Matthew 24:6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not …

Mark 4:40 And he said to them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith?

Luke 21:9 But when you shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: …

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.

1 Peter 3:14 But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and …

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Proverbs 1:27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as …

Psalm 73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly …

Matthew 24:15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken …

Luke 21:18-28 But there shall not an hair of your head perish…

(25) Desolation of the wicked.--That is, the storm which overwhelms them.

Verse 25. - Be not afraid; al-tirah, is literally "fear thou not," the future with al preceding being used for the imperative in a dehortative sense, as in Genesis 46:3; Job 3:4, 6, 7 (see Gesenius, 'Gram.,' § 127. 3, c); Vulgate, ne paveas. Others, however, render, as the LXX., οὐ φοβηθήσῃ, "Thou shalt not be afraid," in the sense of a promise. The verb yare, from which tirah, is here followed by min, as in Psalm 3:7; Psalm 27:1, and properly means "to be afraid from or before" some person or thing. Sudden; pithom, an adverb used adjectively (cf. like use of adverb khinnam in Proverbs 26:2). Fear (pakhad); as in Proverbs 1:16, the object which excites terror or fear, as any great disaster. The desolation of the wicked (shoath r'shaim) may be taken either

(1) as the desolation made by the violence of the wicked, the desolation or strum which they raise against the righteous (so the LXX., Vulgate, Mariana, Michaelis, Hitzig, and others); or

(2) the desolation which overtakes the wicked, the desolating vengeance executed upon them (so Doderlein, Lapide, Stuart, Muensch., Delitzsch, Wardlaw). The latter is probably the right interpretation, and agrees with the threatening language of Wisdom against her despisers, in Proverbs 1:27, where shdath also occurs. Iu the desolation which shall overwhelm the wicked he who has made Wisdom his guide shall be undismayed, for the Lord is his confidence. The passage was probably suggested by Proverbs 5:21, "Neither shalt thou be afraid of desolation when it cometh." Lee, in loc. cit., says the places are almost innumerable where this sentiment occurs. Compare the fearlessness of the man of integrity and justice, in Horace -

"Si fractus illabatur orbis,
Impavidum ferient ruinae."


(Horace, 'Od.,' 3:3, 7, 8.)

"Let Jove's dread arm with thunders rend the spheres,
Beneath the crush of worlds undaunted he appears."


(Francis's Trans.) Be not afraid of sudden fear,.... Of anything terrible that comes unawares, unthought of, by any of the above things mentioned in the preceding note; or by any rumours and reports of danger being near at hand; always think thyself safe in the arms of Wisdom, and under the care of Israel's keeper, who neither slumbers nor sleeps;

neither of the desolation of the wicked when it cometh; either of the desolation which wicked men threaten to bring, and are suffered to bring, upon the godly for the sake of religion; either on their persons or goods, since suffering at their hands in such a cause is to the honour of saints, and for the glory of God; or of the desolation which comes upon the godly, for God is able to deliver him from it, as Noah and his family from the universal deluge, and Lot and his family from Sodom and Gomorrah; or if they promiscuously fall in it, nevertheless it will be well with them to all eternity. 25. Be not—or, "You shall not be."

sudden fear—what causes it (Pr 1:27), any unlooked-for evil (Ps 46:3; 91:12; 1Pe 3:14).

desolation—(Pr 1:27).3:21-26 Let us not suffer Christ's words to depart from us, but keep sound wisdom and discretion; then shall we walk safely in his ways. The natural life, and all that belongs to it, shall be under the protection of God's providence; the spiritual life, and all its interests, under the protection of his grace, so that we shall be kept from falling into sin or trouble.
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